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Catalogue Houses




Catalogue Houses

Development of Saskatchewan's architectural heritage was certainly influenced a century ago by how the T. Eaton Company of Winnipeg and other manufacturers of mail-order homes, like the Aladdin Company, rose to meet the immense demand for housing on the prairies. Consumers could pick the home they wanted from a catalog. The materials would be bundled and shipped by rail. Homes were often constructed by the owners. The 'Earlsfield' (above) was Eaton's most popular home in Saskatchewan.

The Western Development Museum in Saskatoon was able to recover materials from a farm family that were needed to reconstruct the facade and front interior of an 'Earlsfield' house for its wonderful main street exhibit. Visitors to the Museum can walk right into the house and consider what life was like.

Heritage Regina and the Civic Museum of Regina will host an informational presentation by John Robinson of John Robinson Residential Design about catalogue homes on the prairies at the Artesian on 13th Avenue in Regina this Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00pm. John has 40 years experience in single family, multi-family, and commercial drawing production. He grew up in an Aladdin Company home.

You might want to read: A History of Canadian Mail-order Catalogues posted by the Canadian History Museum's site.

Image by J.L. (Les) Henry*: The Kevin McGrath Eaton's "Earlsfield" home near Fielding, SK, which was built by his parents Martin and Katie in 1916. Les Henry's book “Catalogue Houses; Eaton’s and Others” is now in 3rd Printing. It makes a great gift for someone who has everything. If you would like a copy, simply send a cheque for $45 to Henry Perspectives, 143 Tucker Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7H 3H7, and he will dispatch a signed book to you.